From Wordsworth’s lonely wandering to Pooh Bear’s plods through the Hundred Acre Wood, writing and walking in the countryside have much in common: the uncertainty of starting out; the gentle holding of a direction yet being open to seeing where the path less trodden may lead; pausing, reflecting, and looking forward and back on the journey; rhythm and pace; allowing the outside in, and the inside out; awe, inspiration, and expression.
Walking through the natural world expands more than just the lungs and leads to a heightened sense of belonging in time, space, and creation. This retreat is an opportunity to combine the physical, reflective, and creative in whatever way works for you.
There will be opportunities for short walks close to the house, meditation walks, and longer walks further afield, and we welcome everyone from occasional amblers to experienced ramblers. Many walks start from the Community’s doorstep and vary from a gentle stroll along the old railway track, or following the course of the river along the valley, to more strenuous and challenging climbs up to Win Hill, Bamford Edge or Shatton Moor. All have their beauty, and we will tailor the walks to the desires and capacities of participants, and to the vagaries of the weather – please do bring suitable footwear, and waterproofs!
Combined with these walks we will explore writing about what we see and experience, using a variety of approaches, including journaling and poetry. No previous experience is needed, and sessions will encompass the reflective, playful, and experimental.
The cost for a three day retreat is on a sliding scale between £ 145-£245. “Sliding scale” means you decide what to pay based on what you think is the right and fair amount to pay and what your income is.
There will be free time and opportunity to join in the Community’s regular worship.
For further details or for a booking form contact us.
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